Grateful Dead Hour no. 1478

January 15th, 2017

Week of January 16, 2017

Part 1 32:10
Dead and Company 7/30/16 Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View CA
DARK STAR->
ST STEPHEN

Talk
Grateful Dead (1979 rough mix)
FEEL LIKE A STRANGER

Part 2 24:14
Grateful Dead 7/1/73 Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City CA
WHARF RAT->
ME AND BOBBY MCGEE
CASEY JONES

This studio rough mix of “Feel Like a Stranger,” from the 1979 sessions for Go to Heaven, shows us a very different lyric from the final version. These words seem more clearly set in a romantic/sexual encounter; the completed song does a magnificent job of portraying the moment as a description of life onstage with the Grateful Dead – or an encounter on a dance floor. That’s the magic of great songs! You get to fill in some of the picture yourself.

Last year’s Dead & Company shows are available for download (etc) at livedead.co; information and tickets for the upcoming tour are at deadandcompany.com

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Rob Catterton, announcing A Grand Piano Tribute to the Grateful Dead, an album of thoughtful and unique solo-piano interpretations of ten Grateful Dead favorites. A Grand Piano Tribute to the Grateful Dead by Rob Catterton is available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from May 27 through July 1.

Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Wednesday, January 25, Dave Hebert of Melvin Seals and JGB and Greg Koerner of Vince Welnick, DSO, and Gent Treadly are Bear Tread, an exciting  new tribute to the music of the Grateful Dead. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

TIAAD “outtake” re 3/17/70 with the Buffalo Philharmonic

January 12th, 2017

Have you seen that thing going around about a $500 reward for the lost recording of 3/17/70, Grateful Dead with the Buffalo Philharmonic?

Here’s a bit of info about that event, deleted from our final manuscript due to space issues:

Peter Case (musician): They were playing in Buffalo [March 17, 1970], at the Kleinhans Music Hall. It was a very strange gig, because the billing was the Grateful Dead, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Lukas Foss. The opening act was a top-40 band that was starting to kind of freak out. They were called the Mellow Brick Road at one point, but I think they just changed their name at the gig to The Road.

The Grateful Dead was fantastic, and they were full-on into that “Dark Star” period. They were great. Then the orchestra came out. I guess they said it was going to be a battle of the bands. The Dead was playing their music, but the leader of the orchestra would yell “Attack!” They’re not improvisers, particularly, the guys in the orchestra, but they were coached to attack the Grateful Dead musically. And they did, with their tympanis, their blasts of drums and horns and cacophony. The Grateful Dead were playing, doing one of their improvs, that loping boogie beat that Lesh and the drummers would be playing, the thing was just rolling along, and Jerry would be soloing. Then for a second there, the orchestra would sort of drown it out, and then the orchestra would stop and [the Dead] would sort of emerge out of the clouds of the attack, still doing their thing. It was pretty funny. The Grateful Dead never blinked. They just kept playing. [Laughs] It was really really funny and great.

Another strange thing about the show: The very opening act was a John Cage piece. You’re in whatever state you’re in when you go see the Grateful Dead in 1970… The way this piece went was, there were violinists and they walked out into the theater and they played their part as they walked through your aisle. You would have to stand up and let them pass. They went right through every aisle in the place, playing their violins. It was incredible, but the best part, of course was the Dead.

It was a great-sounding place, so the Dead sounded great in there. Everybody walked out saying that that was just completely insane, that the orchestra had topped themselves by acting completely nuts.

Bob Weir: I remember we brought our smallest amplifiers and we were still three or four times too loud. We had to turn them down to the point where we couldn’t really get tone out of them in order to not drown out the orchestra. A rock’n’roll trap drum kit acoustically is at least twice as loud as a symphony orchestra.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1477

January 9th, 2017

Week of January 9, 2017

Part 1 21:12
Rob Catterton, Grateful Dead on the Grand Piano
BIRD SONG
The Joan Baez Ballad Book (Vanguard)
FENNARIO
Talk
Interview: Robert Hunter 11/15/77
Robert Hunter 11/15/77 (unreleased)
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER
Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa (Warner Bros)
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER

Part 2 34:59
Grateful Dead 7/1/73 Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City CA
TRUCKIN’->
DRUMS->
THE OTHER ONE

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Wednesday, January 18, Garcia’s DeadCenter presents Finders Keepers, honoring the music of Jerry Garcia. Advance ticket buyers are entered to win tickets to Phil Lesh & Friends at The Capitol Theatre on March 15, 16, and 17. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Airshow Mastering, putting the finishing touches on new and classic music, including recent releases by the Grateful Dead, Will Calhoun, Otis Taylor, David Gans, and The Earls of Leicester.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1476

January 1st, 2017

Week of January 2, 2017

Part 1 31:10
Holly Bowling, Better Left Unsung (Royal Potato Family)
EYES OF THE WORLD (6-18-74 Louisville KY)
interview: Holly Bowling
Holly Bowling, Better Left Unsung
CRAZY FINGERS

Part 2 23:59
Grateful Dead 7/1/73 Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City CA
ROW JIMMY
EL PASO
LOOSE LUCY

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com.

Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Wednesday, January 11, you can “Play Dead” at Grateful Dead Open Mic Night featuring members of Stella Blues Band. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Airshow Mastering, putting the finishing touches on new and classic music, including recent releases by the Grateful Dead, Will Calhoun, Otis Taylor, David Gans, and The Earls of Leicester.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1475

December 25th, 2016

Week of December 26, 2016

Part 1 27:25
Grateful Dead 7/1/73 Universal Amphitheater, Universal City CA
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
I KNOW YOU RIDER
AROUND AND AROUND

Bob Weir, Blue Mountain
KI-YI BOSSIE
Mickey Hart, Planet Drum
IYANU “Surprises”

Part 2 28:28
Grateful Dead 7/1/73 Universal Amphitheater, Universal City CA
PLAYING IN THE BAND

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Every Wednesday in January is DeadCenter, a nod to the weekly Grateful Dead tribute night at the legendary Wetlands Preserve. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

The Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records, inviting you to visit jerrygarcia.com for a download of “Christmas Time’s A-Comin’” by the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and for information on the new release Folk Time by the Hart Valley Drifters. This is the earliest known studio recording of Jerry Garcia, showcasing his folk & bluegrass roots – also featuring Robert Hunter and David Nelson.

Royal Potato Family, announcing pianist Holly Bowling’s new album Better Left Unsung, a collection of solo piano interpretations of Grateful Dead songs on double CD, triple LP vinyl and digital download. It’s available in all the usual places and from royalpotatofamily.com and hollybowling.com. Holly Bowling will be on tour through the spring.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1474

December 18th, 2016

Week of December 19, 2016

Part 1 11:36
Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band 12/6/87 Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles CA (Round Records)
CHRISTMAS TIME’S A-COMIN’
Talk
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time
NINE POUND HAMMER
Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, The Survivors Live (Razor & Tie)
GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN’ BAD

Part 2 44:19
Grateful Dead 7/1/73 Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City CA
MISSISSIPPI HALFSTEP
ME AND MY UNCLE
SUGAREE
THE RACE IS ON
BROWN EYED WOMEN
LOOKS LIKE RAIN
DON’T EASE ME IN
BIG RIVER

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The new year starts at The Cap with an unbelievable week of music! Wednesday, December 28, O.A.R blends reggae and jam, and on December 30 and 31 it’s Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, one of the most exciting Grateful Dead tributes on the scene. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

The Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records, inviting you to visit jerrygarcia.com for a download of “Christmas Time’s A-Comin’” by the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and for information on the new release Folk Time by the Hart Valley Drifters. This is the earliest known studio recording of Jerry Garcia, showcasing his folk & bluegrass roots – also featuring Robert Hunter and David Nelson.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from May 27 through July 1.

DG’s Northern California gigs

December 16th, 2016

A most unusual circumstance: several consecutive performances close to home! Details and more future gigs at dgans.com/gigs.html

  • Sunday, December 18, 7:30pm: David Gans and the Broken Angels (Jordan Feinstein, Robin Sylvester, Jeff Hobbs, and Neil Hampton) at McNear’s Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma CA. Book signing/meet’n’greet with DG and Blair Jackson before the show! Dead Again opens. Advance tickets are available here.
  • Friday, December 23, 7:30pm: Joe Burke, DG, and Amber Allen at the Bazaar Cafe, 5927 California Street, San Francisco. No cover! Facebook event.
  • Friday, January 6, 8-10pm: DG and the Broken Angels at Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First Street East, Sonoma CA. Jeff Hobbs on sax, violin, etc; Robin Sylvester on bass; Neil Hampton on percussion. No cover!
  • Sunday, January 8, 10am to 2pm: Kensington Farmers’ Market – Colusa Circle, Kensington CA. Free!

GD Hour returns to State College PA

December 16th, 2016

The Grateful Dead Hour will air Saturdays at 11am Eastern Time beginning on Saturday, January 14, 2017 on The Lion 90.7FM WKPS, State College PA!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1473

December 11th, 2016

Week of December 12, 2016

Part 1 30:04
Holly Bowling, Better Left Unsung (RPF)
DARK STAR

Part 2 24:53
Grateful Dead rehearsal (date unknown)
LOVELIGHT
Grateful Dead, Fallout from the Phil Zone (Grateful Dead) (3/18/95)
VISIONS OF JOHANNA

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, getting ready for the New Year with three nights of jamband madness. O.A.R will return to The Cap on December 28, followed by Joe Russo’s Almost Dead on December 30 + 31! December 30 is SOLD OUT, but tickets remain for New Year’s Eve. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Rob Catterton, announcing A Grand Piano Tribute to the Grateful Dead, an album of thoughtful and unique solo-piano interpretations of ten Grateful Dead favorites. A Grand Piano Tribute to the Grateful Dead by Rob Catterton is available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.

The Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records, inviting you to visit jerrygarcia.com for a download of “Christmas Time’s A-Comin’” by the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and for information on the new release Folk Time by the Hart Valley Drifters. This is the earliest known studio recording of Jerry Garcia, showcasing his folk & bluegrass roots – also featuring Robert Hunter and David Nelson.

Silberman on CCP

December 10th, 2016

‘Fans of open-ended, telepathic, “conversational” jamming will enjoy this latest project by David Gans and friends, all folks who are steeped in the idiom. I especially love the long track “Three Food Groups” here, which brings to mind the classic opus of the jamming genre, “Dark Star.” Enjoy.’ – Steve Silberman

Order your copy here.

Chocolate Coffee Pot

Bob Weir at Club Front Nov 1981

December 5th, 2016

Here are two photos of Bob Weir that I took at Club Front in November of 1981. I am offering them as 8×10 prints on Epson Ultra Premium Luster paper.

You can order 1 for $30 or both for $50. They will be signed and numbered. Size of the edition will be determined by the number of orders.

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Grateful Dead Hour no. 1472

December 4th, 2016

Week of December 5, 2016

Part 1 37:37
Grateful Dead 4/16/84 War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester NY
SPACE->
THE OTHER ONE->
STELLA BLUE->
AROUND AND AROUND->
JOHNNY B GOODE

Part 2 18:56
Grateful Dead 4/16/84 War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester NY
KEEP YOUR DAY JOB
Chocolate Coffee Pot (Perfectible)
CASSIDY’S CAT
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
PIG IN A PEN

Folk Time is a 1962 recording of a band that included Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, David Nelson, and two musicians who did not go on to the same level of fame that those three attained. It’s a wonderful document. Jerry was 20! Hunter was the bass player in this ensemble. His greatest fame has been as the lyricist of the Grateful Dead (and for Nelson, Jim Lauderdale, Little Feat, and other collaborators). Nelson, of course, went on to lead the New Riders of the Purple Sage and the David Nelson Band.

Chocolate Coffee Pot is a new CD of studio improvisations. Ratdog bassist Robin Sylvester is the hand-down MVP of these sessions, which also included Jim Brighton and me (David Gans) on guitar, Neil Hampton on drums, Jeff Hobbs on violin and sax (though not on this week’s selection), and Jordan Feinstein on keyboards. “Cassidy’s Cat” is a fantasia on Grateful Dead melodies and grooves; all the other selections on the record were created spontaneously in the studio by the musicians.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. After already crushing a sold-out show at The Cap this year, Vermont’s Twiddle returns for a two-night run, December 16 and December 17. On New Year’s Eve, one of the most exciting bands on the scene, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, will ring in 2017 at The Cap. Events, Information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

ConcertMats.com will turn your favorite ticket stub or memorabilia into a door mat, coffee mug, blanket, and more. Something for live music fans to think about for the gift-giving season!

The new documentary Orange Sunshine, the untold story of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love – who once were the largest distributor of psychedelics in the world. Orange Sunshine is available on iTunes and other digital platforms. Trailer and more information at orangesunshinemovie.com

New “single”: “Pancho and Lefty”

December 3rd, 2016

I took delivery of my new acoustic guitar by Mario DeSio a few days ago. I brought it into the studio this week, with Jeff Hobbs on cello and Joe Kyle, Jr on bass, to record one of my all-time favorite songs: Townes Van Zandt‘s “Pancho and Lefty.” We did a nice jam at the end, too.

I posted it on Bandcamp as a “pay what you want” item. You can have it for free, or you can contribute any dollar amount you like. I spent $700 on the recording (paying the musicians and the studio), and I would like to recover that amount if possible. All proceeds will be invested in more recording! I think of this as the first track of a “covers” project I hope to call David Gans Murders the Classics.

Thank you for listening, and please share the link!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1471

November 27th, 2016

Week of November 28, 2016

Part 1 23:37
Grateful Dead 4/16/84 War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester NY
HELL IN A BUCKET->
SHIP OF FOOLS

Talk
Holly Bowling, Better Left Unsung (RPF)
CASSIDY

Part 2 32:23
Grateful Dead 4/16/84 War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester NY
FAR FROM ME->
HE’S GONE->
JAM (without Jerry)->
DRUMS

I am really impressed with Holly Bowling‘s double CD of Grateful Dead songs! I will be featuring more of it in the weeks to come.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

ConcertMats.com will turn your favorite ticket stub or memorabilia into a door mat, coffee mug, blanket, and more. Something for live music fans to think about for the gift-giving season.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. ’Tis the season to ring in the holidays on Saturday, December 3 with moe. at The Capitol Theatre for the Famoe.ly Holiday Concert. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

The new documentary Orange Sunshine, the untold story of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love – who once were the largest distributor of psychedelics in the world. Orange Sunshine is available on iTunes and other digital platforms. Trailer and more information at orangesunshinemovie.com

Jarnow on CCP

November 22nd, 2016

Chocolate Coffee Pot: “New conversations starting in the dialect of the Grateful Dead and proceeding into something like the secret language of twins, or in this case perhaps quadruplets.” – Jesse Jarnow, WFMU DJ and author of Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America